(11/4/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Hannah Regina Merullo - 93.9
2. Brennan Ward - 92.8
3. Tyrell Fortune - 92.8
4. Carlos Correia - 92.2
5. Ed Ruth - 91.8
6. Javy Ayala - 91.8
7. Neiman Gracie - 91.7
8. Tyler King - 91.5
9. Phil Davis - 91.4
10. Tim Caron - 91.3
Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Brennan Ward vs. Saad Awad
90.5
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.5
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:55
(Unaired)
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys spent a good portion of the first round clinching against the fence. They collapsed in a weird scramble 90 seconds into the round, and Correia took Kotau's back as they stood back up, looking for a standing rear-naked choke. They fell to the ground again, it looked like Correia had the choke locked on tight, but Kotau somehow fought his way out of it, ending up on top inside Correia's guard halfway through the round. Correia threw up a triangle choke, but Kotau passed that, so Correia turned that into a tight omoplata, but Kotau rolled out of that as well. Kotau eventually took Correia's back and finished the round looking to setup a rear-naked choke, but Correia still pretty clearly won that round.
     Kotau dropped Correia immediately in the second round with a huge right hand, and he immediately jumped into his guard, but Correia caught him in a triangle choke. He turned it into a triangle armbar, but Kotau rolled around wildly until Correia eventually had to let it go. Those submission attempts made up for the early knockdown though, so this round could go either way after the first 2 minutes. Kotau tried to stand up, but Correia slapped on a heel hook, sucking him back into the ground. They eventually stood back up, but Correia continued to control Kotau from the clinch for most of the round. Correia shot for a takedown in the final 30 seconds or so, but Kotau stuffed the shot, and not a lot happened after that. I have Correia ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up at this point.
     Correia tried to take down Kotau early in the final round, but Kotau stuffed the shot against the fence, and they both just kind of stood there for most of the round, with Correia pressing his head into Kotau's body. They finally hit the ground 90 seconds into the round, with Correia on top, and he quickly fell back for another leg lock attempt. They continued to scramble around wildly, with Correia maintaining most of the control on the ground. Correia took Kotau's back, and finished out the round looking for a rear-naked choke. I thought Correia pretty clearly won this fight, 30-27, but one judge disagreed, so Correia wins via split-decision in his Bellator debut.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
3:19
      These guys are both making their pro debuts here, but Ruth is apparently some sort of outstanding wrester or something. These guys both came out throwing clunky looking strikes, Miles dropped Ruth with a punch combinations, and Ruth immediately took him to the ground with ease. Ruth quickly passed to full mount, and tried to land some punches, but Miles hugged him pretty tightly to avoid damage. Miles eventually gave up his back, and Ruth continued to dominate him with his wrestling, while dropping some decent punches from a variety of top positions. Miles was bleeding all over the place, while Ruth continued to pound on him, until the referee decided to stop the fight with around 90 seconds left in the round. That was a strong debut for Ruth, and a terrible performance by Miles.
88.8
TKO
(Knees & Punches)
2:22
      Tyrell Fortune is apparently another wrestling prodigy that I've never heard of. Miskell is just some big fat dude that I've never heard of. Fortune danced around the outside for a minute or so, picking apart Miskell with jabs, and then he rushed him with a barrage of punches, before taking Miskell to the ground. Fortune showed some outstanding top control, beating the shit out of Miskell with big punches while Miskell just turtled up. Fortune blasted Miskell with some brutal knees to the body, some MASSIVE punches to the side of the head, and the referee was forced to stop the fight in under half a round. Fantastic finish for Tyrell Fortune in a pretty obvious showcase fight.
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:39
      King shot in for a silly takedown inside the first minute of the opening round, but Diekmann shrugged it off, punched him, and started taunting him heavily. King landed some decent leg kicks, while Diekmann just kind of stood there, waiting to throw a big counter, but never really finding an opening. They continued to trade strikes at a fairly slow pace until the end of the round, when King scored a takedown with 40 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to King I guess.
     King threw some big leg kicks to start the second round, Diekmann looked afraid to engage, as he was clearly having trouble getting inside King's reach. King plowed through Diekmann one minute into the round, taking him to the ground near the fence. He quickly passed to full mount, he postured up, unloaded with some big punches, Diekmann gave up his back, King continued to punch him in the head while riding his back, he slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a clean win for Tyler King.
87.2
TKO
(Punches)
6:22
      These guys clinched early, and Skrzat ran across the cage pushing Caron around like a truck, but he wasn't able to get him to the ground or anything. Caron tripped him to the ground 90 seconds into the round, and they just kind of laid there for a little while, as Skrzat was holding on tight to avoid damage. They stood back up a few seconds later. They continued to clinch and push each other around for a while, but not a lot was happening in either direction. Caron locked on a front choke, and threw some decent knees before Skrzat could break free again. That wasn't a very exciting round, but I scored it for Caron.
     Caron landed some clean strikes to start the second round, and then the referee called for a timeout, due to a glob of something on Skrzat's shoulder. When the fight started back up, Caron continued to pressure Skrzat, he dropped him, Skrzat looked exhausted and he turtled up. Caron punched him in the head a lot, and then the referee stopped the fight. Solid win for Tim Caron as he gets his first Bellator fight that's not a dark match.
90.5
Submission
(Armbar)
4:51
      These girls clinched early, and Regina took Payant down, but Payant immediately started digging for a leg lock. Regina dropped back and went for a leg lock of her own, before securing side control, and then full mount just 45 seconds into the opening round. Payant scrambled out of danger, but Regina slapped on a tight D'Arce choke, and Payant rolled around long enough to slip her head out. Regina threw some elbows to the body of Payant from side control, while working to setup another choke. Payant finally stood back up 2 minutes into the round. Regina took her down again and continued to dominate her on the ground with punches to the head while trying to setup another submission. Regina packs a serious punch with her ground & pound, and her grappling is awesome. Payant stood back up with 40 seconds left in the round, landed a nice elbow, and then threw Regina to the ground, but Regina slapped on an armbar from her guard and got the submission victory with 9 seconds left in the round. Hannah Regina Merullo is a fucking beast!
88.4
KO
(Punch)
0:16
      Kharitonov threw a punch, and Ayala ducked down, looking for a takedown, which Kharitonov easily stuffed. Ayala then threw a big right hand, and knocked Kharitonov the fuck out with a shot that sounded like a baseball bat hitting a watermelon, just 16 seconds into the opening round. That was probably the biggest win of Ayala's career, knocking out a Pride & K-1 Legend in under 20 seconds. That punch was fucking insane.
88.6
Submission
(Armbar)
4:39
      This fight started kind of slow, with a few sparring punches being thrown, and then Gracie took down Bears halfway through the round, he almost immediately grabbed his back, he locked on a rear-naked choke, but Bears somehow survived that. Gracie had a tight body triangle locked on, with one of Rudy's arms caught in it, while Gracie continued to work for the choke. Gracie switched to an armbar from back control, and snapped Rudy's arm with around 21 seconds left in the round. That was a fantastic one-sided victory for Neiman Gracie.
90.5
KO
(Punches)
1:26
      These guys traded some wild strikes to start the first round, and Ward took Awad down 30 seconds into the round. Awad said "let me go and we can bang" so Ward let him go. They continued to trade some wild strikes, with most of them being delivered by Ward, Awad sort of tightened up near the fence, Ward unloaded a series of uppercuts while Awad just tried to protect himself, and Awad ended up falling face first to the canvas. That was a pretty huge first round KO victory for Brennan Ward.
89.6
Decision
25:00
      McGeary spent the first half of the opening round beating up Davis with his long range striking skills, but Davis clipped him with a punch, McGeary sort of went for a takedown, and Davis ended up on top, where he was able to beat up McGeary with some punches near the fence. McGeary eventually rolled for a kneebar, Davis ran away at McGeary got back to his feet. McGeary spent the rest of the round picking apart Davis with some basic strikes, while Davis tried to take the fight back to the ground, but McGeary knocked down Davis at the end of the round instead. Round one probably goes to Davis, but I'm scoring that round a draw, I think McGeary could have just as easily won that round with his striking.
      They traded strikes to start the second round, with McGeary probably landing the better shots, and he stuffed a takedown in the first 90 seconds of the round. McGeary threw some solid strikes, and then Davis clinched, and tripped McGeary to the ground near the fence again. McGeary immediately started working to setup a leg lock, but Davis stayed calm and just tried to maintain top control, eventually passing to full mount. Davis tried to setup an Americana, but McGeary did a good job scrambling out of trouble, while throwing up a few decent elbows from his back. Davis landed some decent shots, it looked like he was close to securing an arm, and then McGeary bucked out, went for a leg lock, and Davis ran away again. Davis is probably ahead 2-0 going into the third round, but McGeary is doing just enough to keep things competitive. I'm going to say this fight is all tied up going into the third, just to keep things interesting.
      They traded some strikes to start the third round, Davis landed some big shots, and then he picked up McGeary, and slowly dumped him to the ground, but McGeary immediately started working for submissions from his back again. Davis passed to full mount without much trouble, and went back to working for the same two submissions again. Back & forth between an Americana & an arm-triangle choke, while dropping random punches & elbows in between. McGeary scrambled out, went for another leg lock, and then Davis resecured full mount again. McGeary spun around to work for a possible triangle with 2 minutes left in the round, but Davis did a good job staying outside of McGeary's guard. Davis is throwing some BIG elbows on the ground, but his accuracy sucks. He's barely landing with anything, but he's throwing with a lot of power. McGeary continued to scramble around, throwing up those long legs to keep Davis in constant danger, but at this point, Davis is probably ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round. MAYBE 2-1, but more than likely, 3-0. McGeary really needs to keep looking for a finish in these last two rounds if he wants to keep his belt.
      They traded some loose strikes to start the fourth round, and then Davis scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. This time he nearly found himself caught in a triangle choke, but he was able to sweat his way right through McGeary's legs, allowing Davis to secure full mount again. He dropped some big elbows, and continued to work for those same two submissions. A cut opened up over McGeary's left eye. Davis spent the rest of the round working the same gameplan, with basic ground & pound, and those same submissions. He cranked for a Kimura with 20 seconds left in the round, but McGeary was able to slip out and stand back up, but he didn't have enough time left in the round to do anything on the feet. Davis is clearly going to win this fight by decision unless McGeary can work some sort of magic in the final round.
      McGeary was stalking Davis to start the final round, it looked like he was ready to kill him, but Davis slowed him down with a takedown attempt, and McGeary scared him off with a Kimura attempt. The fight went to the ground again, McGeary went for a triangle, an armbar, and then Davis secured full mount again. Davis locked on an arm-triangle choke, but couldn't finish it for some reason. Davis continued to work that same gameplan, more short elbows, Americana & arm-triangle attempts, and a lot of mounting. That was a pretty one-sided fight to be honest, and a pretty piss poor performance for McGeary after taking 14 months off due to a knee injury. He showed some great surivival skills, but he just lost his belt to a grinding wrestler. Congrats to Davis for the biggest win of his career.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.5
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